I'm putting these two songs together in one post because, although they're nothing alike in style, I really have no reference points for either. They're both extremely soulful, and unlike anything else you're likely to hear today:
Upon first listen, this song from Dirty Projectors' New Attitude EP is a little disorienting. But don't let the "experimental" tag (which this EP will no doubt be slapped with) scare you, this song is actually very engaging, albeit somewhat bizarre. It's built around what Mundane Sounds calls "a shockingly fluid Afro-beat groove" that to me sounds like background music for some late '70s TV show (that's a good thing, in case you were wondering.) Then DP's frontman leads us through some some seemingly out of the blue, yet perfectly placed, call and response:
Dirty Projectors Two Young Sheeps mp3
I recently procured a copy of White Denim's 8-song demo (complete with a shiny gold bow) and there's not one dull second on the entire record. I've listened to the thing like 20 times in the last couple days, and at the risk of overstating its significance (I'm told I do that sometimes), this is the kind of stuff that keeps me excited about new music. Honestly, it's just some of the rawest, filthiest, sweatiest rock & roll that I've heard in a long time. Hey White Denim, if you're reading this, what'll it take to get you guys to do a show in Dallas?
White Denim Wet Sand mp3